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John Carter bounces back

John Carter
National Party MP for Northland

24 November 2005

John Carter bounces back

Northland MP John Carter is out of hospital and is “feeling fantastic” after cancer surgery that he describes as close to miraculous.

”It's a miracle, really. You have a significant operation – I had 12 inches of bowel removed and was under anaesthetic from 9am till 2.45pm – then a week later they send you home with a packet of Panadol,'' he says.

He was discharged from Wellington's Wakefield Hospital on Monday, and on Tuesday was given a total all-clear by his specialist.

Because he sought medical advice as soon as he noticed something wrong, the cancer had been caught in its infancy.

”As a consequence, there was no spread, no chemo, no radiation. There's a lesson in this. Everyone – male and female – should get themselves checked out as soon as there's any change in their body functions.''

Mr Carter says he is feeling only a little discomfort, but will be taking a six-week break from Parliament to give his body time to recover.

However, he is already back in his Wellington base and tackling constituency issues.


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